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Internships are great opportunities for students to gain career-related work experience. ASU Career and Professional Development Services (CPDS) does not have a formal internship program – but rather, we offer resources to connect employers offering internships with students seeking internships. Internships that meet the criteria listed below and are in compliance with our Recruiting Policy can be posted to Handshake, our online career and internship board.
Need help developing an internship? Check out our Internship Guide for employers, which includes ASU guidelines, sample internship descriptions and tips for putting together a successful internship program.
An internship is more than a part-time job or volunteer position. Internships integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Interns should have clearly defined learning objectives and a designated mentor or supervisor who has direct experience and expertise in the position duties. Interns should not replace employees or be expected to possess skill and knowledge comparable to an entry-level employee.
At minimum, the outlined criteria below must be met to qualify as a professional internship:
If a student is interested in receiving academic credit for an internship with your organization, they must contact their academic department to learn about eligibility and requirements. Internship requirements vary be degree program – you should not guarantee credit for your interns. Please keep in mind that students must also pay to receive internship credit at the same rate as tuition, and, beyond the hours they work for you as an intern, they are also required to complete additional assignments. Because of this, only about 50% of students pursue academic credit.
ASU Career and Professional Development Services reviews all unpaid internships to ensure they are in compliance with U.S. Department of Labor standards.
The U.S. Department of Labor has developed six criteria for identifying a learner/trainee who may be unpaid. These criteria are as follows:
All six requirements must be satisfied in order for an intern to be deemed a non-employee trainee (exempt from FLSA minimum wage requirements). All unpaid internships are approved at the discretion of ASU CPDS and we reserve the right to deny internships that we believe are not in compliance with the FLSA.
Not sure if your opportunity meets these guidelines? Submit your internship for review and we will get back to you with feedback and point you in the right direction.